Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Bryan Fischer's Fishy Poll

Our favorite nut it as it again, claiming that 83% of doctors are considering quitting because of Obamacare. 

If that sounds insane to you, it should. Fischer's numbers are nowhere near as meaningful as he'd like to think. Let's take a look at the survey on the Doctor Patient Medical Association's website. The item in question is this one:

As you can see, 60% agree + 20% undecided does not "83% are thinking of quitting" make. But the problem here is more insidious than a simple misinterpretation of the data. This survey was taken in 2011 over a one-week span by fax to random Ohio doctors. That does not make for a very representative sample of American doctors, particularly when you consider that only 2.9% of those who were sent the survey (a total of 133 doctors) actually responded. We can't really take away much from this survey at all because it's not scientific. It has a target audience with no controls and a very small sample size.

For Bryan Fischer to use this survey to claim that "83% of doctors are thinking of quitting" is irresponsible and disingenuous.